The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA), the national voice for the municipal parks and recreation sector, welcomes today’s announcement of the new federal COVID-19 Resilience Funding Stream. This new stream, which is part of the Canada Infrastructure Program, will contribute to the safe return of community sport and recreation and municipal parks and trails.
The new funding stream, which includes a focus on parks, trails, foot bridges, bike lanes and multi-use paths, along with municipal buildings/facilities, will make it easier for Canadians to return to recreation spaces and places close to home. This results in healthy Canadians and vibrant and connected communities.
“Municipal public recreation is the arenas, pools, sport fields, trails and playgrounds in your community and the summer camps, yoga classes, sport leagues and swimming lessons in which you and your family participate. We are the direct link for Canadians and communities to a safe return to normalcy,” said Cathy Jo Noble, CPRA’s CEO.
Michael Roma, CPRA President, commended the federal government for this program expansion. “Public parks and recreation are fundamental to the social fabric of our country. We encourage all provinces and territories to embrace this opportunity to support the resilience of municipal parks and recreation.”
CPRA and its members look forward to continuing to service all Canadians as community parks and recreation facilities, programs and services return.